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>> hungry, thirsty, and scared. a tense standoff continues between refugees and riot police near budapest. hello. i'm adrian finegan. also ahead, the toddler whose picture has become the symbol of refugee suffering, is buried alongside his brother and mother in which the city in which they fled. 22 emiratey soldiers are kid. it's the greatest single loss of life in conflict in the
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country's history. and australia's shark debate. should culling reduce the risk to swimmers and surfers? . >> all right. if you've been watching for the last hour or so, you'll know we have a developing story. a railroad station in0 hungary where there's a standoff with police. let's go live. muhammad, in the last hour, your view of the train containing those refugees has been blocked by that train behind you there. >> yeah, that's right. this empty cargo train is still here. also what we're seeing are a lot more of the riot police, wearing their helmets, wearing gloves, carrying batons. it certainly appears as though the situation has gotten a lot more tense.
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there's a lot of developments the last few minutes we're hearing about. i've been told by some of the refugee still on the train that many of the men on board have left the train. where exactly they're going on foot, we don't know at this time. we have seen riot police here. it looks like as though they've been deployed in several different directions. we're seeing dozens of them surrounding various parts of the trains that are around us, going in various directions. we also know, though, that there still are refugees on that train obscured from our view by this train right here. so we know that there are still some women. we're told there's still some children on that train. we don't yet know how many cars may have emptied, how many people left the train. we've heard that possibly hundreds of refugees, most of them men, as we've been told, have left the train. we don't know yet where they're heading. it is a tense situation. clearly the riot police around us, trying to figure exactly out what to do. the sentiment is one of real worry from the refugees, because they're concerned they'll be forcibly detained.
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they've told me throughout the day that they thought that train would be boarded. thought they would be cleared out, taken to refugee camps. there's very much a concern from the refugees i've been speaking with. we'll continue to monitor this fluid situation and get you the developments as we get them confirmed. adrian? >> we've seen many still photographs of conditions inside that train, which are pretty horrific. i mean, the refugees can't stay there for much longer, can they? >> well, no. that's the horror of the situation really encapsulated, because everybody i spoke with on that train, many of them mothers, some of them fathers, told us that the children on that train were suffering. and yet they were committed to staying on that train, because they felt if they left they would be taken to a refugee camp here. i can tell you that many rights groups in the last few days have said repeatedly that they believe that hungarian camps for refugees really have abominable
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conditions. that's something that these refugees are aware of. they've been asking throughout the day, look, if the government here doesn't want us here, why don't they let us go to austria, get out of hungary, but at this point a train is still stopped on the tracks. the refugees still seem to be here. the situation seems to be growing ever more dire. one more thing i must add, some water, some food, was delivered to these refugees, but everybody is telling us it's not enough. adrian? >> i have to give the authorities the benefit of the doubt, but at the moment it looks like as if that train was moved there to block the media's view of the train containing the refugees. >> absolutely, adrian. that's the prevailing sentiment here. we've not been able to get comments from the authorities here. the police aren't commenting on what exactly the purpose of this train is. look, this thing came practically out of nowhere.
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throughout the day, a lot of the refugees were telling us that they believed that our view would be blocked at some point. before this train showed up, the refugees that we were speaking with got a whiff that something was coming up the tracks, and they thought this was being done deliberately so we would not be able to communicate with them, so we would not be able to see what was going on, and they are desperately afraid right now that the remainder of the refugees on that train will be rounded up by authorities, forcibly taken off the train, and taken to refugee camps. >> thanks, muhammad, just outside budapest in hungary, where more than a thousand refugees stranded at budapest's main railway station have set out on foot for austria. here's an update from the march along a motorway on the outskirts of the capital. >> there are more than 1,000. it's unbelievable the stream of people on this motorway.
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that roadblock was in fact to help them rather than hinder them, would you be believe? this is just the diametrically opposed opposite situation. the police are helping them, not hindering them. they've got the situation under control in that there's one single classroom going on the motorway, and the traffic although very well held up is being controlled by the police. and it's flowing at a very slow rate. what we're finding now the leaders under this march, under a motorway bridge since i talked to you, rallied everyone around. they were in the shade for a while. said in arabic, is everybody up for, rallying people. they were cheering and chanting, and now they're moving on. the heat is very high. people are tired, but incredibly determined. women, children, taking their
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luggage with them, taking bedding, anything they can get with them. they're intent on crossing the border with austria. >> the u.n. high commissioner for refugees calls the crisis a defining moment for europe. >> my opinion for the european states to recognize these inexceptional moments, that these requires exceptional measures, that europe as a whole has to respond in solidarity, and that this is also a battle for values in which europe cannot fail. >> britain's prime minister david cameron has come under pressure for britain's stance on the crisis. he's been meeting in madrid today. we heard david cameron earlier on saying that britain indeed would take thousands more refugees from u.n.-run refugee camps in countries neighboring syria.
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it would act, he said, with its head at its heart, as far as refugees are concerned, and would continue to act with compassion. in luxembourg today, eu ministers are meeting to discuss the crisis. jackie, what's the latest? >> well, in fact the subject of the refugee crisis isn't due to be discussed in earnest until saturday, but because it's an urgent issue, dominating the agenda at the moment, that inevitably foreign ministers were commenting on the issue. one of the current lines we heard from various foreign ministers was the need for some kind of comprehensive european policy that there should be an eu coordinated policy, that there should be some kind of rules or norms that everyone applies rather than this very
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disorganized situation at the moment whereby individual countries seem to be doing their own thing. you have the countries that are receiving the refugees, places like greece and italy, who are struggling. obviously we've seen how hungary is struggling as well. yet you have the countries further in europe, that in fact many of those refugees are trying to reach who don't have a coordinated policy with the front line countries. so that is one of the objectives. when you bear in mind the huge discrepancies, the huge differs in opinion, in position, between the different countries within the eu, for example, countries like germany, which said it will take 800,000 syrian refugees, contrasted with countries like the uk, hungary, poland, the check republic and slovakia, have expressed deep concern about having the idea of having a quota placed on them. it's difficult to see how in the
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space of one meeting the foreign ministers might achieve that objective of coordinating those positions. >> jackie, thanks, live in luxembourg. police in greece fired tear gas on refugees. scuffles broke out among refugees from afghanistan trying to get on a government with-chartered ferry to athens. there are more than 10,000 refugees waiting to be taken to the greek mainland. the island's mayor asked for the central government to declare a state of emergency. the syrian toddler who's come to symbolize the suffering of refugees has been buried along with his brother and they were. they were laid to rest in their home city. they drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of turkey as they tried to reach greece. the boy's father who survived the crossing, spoke about the moment he lost his family.
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>> translator: it was my third attempt at making the crossing with the same struggler. mthe captain convinced me the boat was in good condition. after four minutes we were in rough seas, and a big wave hit the boat. the captain jumped over board and i tried to take over, but another wave hit and we capsized. i tried to catch my wife and boys and resuscitate them, but i couldn't. they were dead. >> saudi arabia's king is in washington right now for a long delayed meeting with president barack obama. the talks are likely to be dominated by the wars in syria and yemen, but the saudi delegation is also expected to ask for increased u.s. military support. it follows the recent deal to lift sanctions on iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. isil has blown up three ancient
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tower tombs in palmyra. the man in charge of protecting syria's antiquities says the towers have been destroyed. pal merpalmyra is one of the wos most famous heritage sites. in yemen, the united arab emirates has announced the loss of 22 troops there. no details have been provided, but the uea's official wire news agency says they died in the course of saudi-led operations in support of the exiled president. here's a report. >> singing yemen's national anthem in a eastern province, and the pledge of loyalty. the deposed president and his allies have not been here. this brigade is part of the republican guards, a force created by the new army, loyal to the government in exile. it's a new chief of staff says victory over the fighters and
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their allies is not far away. >> translator: victory is near. we're in process of building new armed forces. >> commanders and security officials in the province are also discussing future plans. >> translator: you are the yemenis armed, the security forces and popular resistance that restored the state and its pride. >> over the last weeks, the saudi-led coalition has sent thousands of newly-trained yemeni fighters and weaponry to the national army and fighters loyal to yemen's president who's in exile in saudi arabia. only two towns in the province are under political control. that's why the fight to clear them could be swift. many predict the next target for this new fighting force could be the capital and stronghold. despite significant military losses, they continue to put up
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a tough fight. fighting in yemen is far from over. >> still to come here on al jazeera, we look at why germany is the destination of choice for so many refugees. and -- >> we're in australia, along a klein that's developing a reputation as the shark capital of the world. some here are calling for a cull, but would that be ethical?
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>> hello again. the top stories right now at al jazeera, hundreds of people are refusing to leave a train station in hungary as a standoff between refugees and police continues. these pictures show another train rolling into the station, apparently to block the journalists' view of the situation o that's unfolding. refugees stuck in the capital of budapest have set out for austria. the syrian toddler who's come to symbolize the suffering of refugees has been buried along with his brother and mother, laid to rest in their home city. germany is expecting a record 800,000 asylum requests this year. from berlin, rob reynolds reports. >> this mother and her 3-month-old baby girl have reached the goal of so many refugees' desperate journeys. >> translator: it was a long hard trip.
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much of the time we were on foot. we suffered a lot. especially in hungary we suffered. >> they've made their way to germany from syria. now they're waiting along with thousands of others from many countries to register with the social welfare authorities at berlin's central refugee process centering. the bureaucracy is cumbersome and the center is understaffed. workers say they're overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. she's trying to be patient. >> translator: thanks be to god, i'm happy to be here, but we've been waiting for 15 days now trying to be registered. >> germany offers relatively generous benefits and resettlement policies and laws that make it easier for refugees to claim asylum. muhammad knew he wanted to get to germany as soon as he decided to leave aleppo. >> translator: i love germany. some refugees come here and expect to get everything all at
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once, and that's wrong. they do give us a place to sleep, eat and drink. >> officials at the social welfare agency say housing for refugees in berlin is extremely difficult to find. tent camps are in the process of being set up. even germany's chancellor admits government resources are strained. >> translator: all the levels of german governments are working together and discussing how to share the burden, because we have to find new ways of doing things in the face of 800,000 people arriving this year. >> this 17-year-old syrian who suffers from a chronic digestive illness, the long wait is a serious issue. his body is emaciated. he's received no hospital treatment since he arrived 10 days ago because he hasn't finished registering. >> translator: i'm very disappointed. i left my parents behind in syria. i'm here in germany, but and i expect it to be like this. >> europe has no common refugee
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policy. germany and france want to have a unified system for accepting refugees and distributing them fairly across the eu. if proposals like that one are adopted, it might help bring some order to the chaos of europe's refugee problem, but so long as people suffer under repression and civil war they will continue to seek safety anywhere they can. rob reynolds, al jazeera, berlin. >> while europe's governments discuss their response to the refugee crisis, many of its citizens are taking matters into their own hands. peter mcdade is the coorganizer of an impromptu aid collection and delivery project. earlier he spoke with my colleague and told they are they've been overwhelmed with support. >> we were in somewhat disbelief at the narratives around the
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refugee crisis. our own government and media describing the refugees in terms of such as a swarm, an infestation. one of the tabloids in britain had a columnist described the refugees as cockroaches. we couldn't believe that type of thing was happening. we wanted to in some way be sure that people in scotland, people in britain, people in europe, aren't like that, that we care, that we're appalled by the suffering these people are going through. what we are doing is taking essential supplies to thousands of people trying to enter britain. they've been segregated. they lack basic provisions with winter coming. we're going to take them the essential provisions they'll need for the coming months. >> you've had a fantastic response, i believe. you've been overwhelmed. what does this tell you about people, how they're feeling about the situation? >> the response we've had has been amazing.
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many ordinary people throughout scotland have contributed and all helped. the response from normal everyday people in scotland has been good. money and resources have been flooding in. it's been a full-time job trying to deal with the nations receiving the good wealth we've been offered and the support is genuinely staggering. it's increased the passion of what we wanted to do. initially we wanted to do a little, but we've been able to do far in excess of that. initially we wanted it to be at calais, but now we'll be able to extend it to the refugees in hungary, and hopefully toward the mediterranean as well. >> is it wonderful to hear about
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how many people care? when you listen to politicians, seems like nobody does care. what do you want politicians to do now? >> every country needs to come up together and come 1 with a unified way to help them. we saw a baby boy wash up on the beach. it's unacceptable. we need to stop it from happening. it's not acceptable. >> at least 20 bodies have been recovered after a boat packed with indonesian workers capsized off the coast of malaysia. it went down in rough seas. here's a report. >> a grim cargo being brought ashore. it has been just days since the capsize, but just when rescuers had lost hope they find another survivor. barely alive. >> looks very confused, and not
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very stable. to say that he's happy, not feeling on him. >> alive, but not the welcome they had hoped for. officials say they are indonesian migrants, illegally working in malaysia. they say they were 70 passengers aboard. less than a third survived. this 42-year-old says he worked on a construction site to support his two children. he was on his way home to the indonesian island of sumatra when the boat capsized. >> i was alone. i hang on to a peeve piece of w. i wanted to save myself. >> accidents like this occur almost every year in malaysia's waters. millions of desperate migrants travel here looking for work. most are illegal, relying on smugglers to get them in. >> i'm here, there are four people, here to work.
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but at the same time our legal system has to be respected. >> malaysian and indonesian officials say they will work more closely to clamp down on this trafficking. >> next, what we are going to do is to have communication with the authorities in malaysia, how to prevent such an accident happening again in the future. so far our cooperation with the authorities in malaysia is very good. >> out at sea, the search for the missing continues. malaysian officials say ships and planes are searching hundreds of square kilometers, but warn as more time passes the chances of finding survivors will fade. >> u.s. prosecutors say they want the death penalty for dylann roof, the man charged with murdering nine black people in a church. he's accused of shooting them because of their race.
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they were killed at a bible class in charleston in south carolina in june. roof has yet to enter a plea. u.s. vice president joe biden says that he's not sure yet if he'll seek the democratic nomination for president in 2016. he's considering the effect that running will have on his family. the 72-year-old lost his son to cancer earlier this year. the u.s. soldier who stopped a gunman on a train heading to paris has been welcomed home as a hero. spencer stone stepped off the flight in california to cheers from some 200 people who gathered 3 there to greet him. he was among a group of passengers who tackled a heavily armed man last month. all three were given france's highest award. >> he put his life on the line, you know, took this guy down, and saved many lives i'm pretty sure of. not too many people would do that. >> basically just to show my support for, you know, one of my fellow airman who happens to be
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a hero. >> an unprecedented number of shark attacks off the coast of australia has reignited the debate over whether culling is the only way to make waters safer for swimmers. the new south wales government is reviewing new control measures after 14 attacks between sydney and brisbane over the past year. in the latest incident a man was knocked off his surf ski by a shark and mauled. andrew thomas reports now from new south wales. >> on the morning of july the 31st, just 20 meters from shore, former boxer craig ison was mauled by a great white shark. sat on his surfboard, with the shark trying to rip off his leg, he managed to fight back. >> i went whack, whack, whack, whack, four time,. >> and it worked? >> it worked. >> for 10 seconds he was latched on? >> i reckon the whole thing was about 10 seconds, yeah. >> he lost so much blood he almost died. he spent time in the hospital.
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full recovery could take years. as for getting back in the ocean owe. >> you can pay me $10 million and i still wouldn't go in the water. i won't go in there until i know it's safe. >> there's fear along this coast of australia. over the past 12 months, the short stretch north of sydney has seen 14 people attacked by sharks. two died. >> life is imitating art. there's a lot of fear. i know surfers are reluctant to go in the water. >> why so many sharks and attacks? it could be this year's el nino is changing water temperatures, bringing sharks closer to shore. more than heavier rain than normal has watched nutrients into the sea attracting small fish that sharks feed on. another theory is that after a ban on shark hunting introduced in 1999, more sharks are reaching maturity than before. >> so what can be done to protect swimmers and surfers? along this coast, that question has protected fierce debate. some say nothing, but the ocean is a the shark's territory.
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people have to accept risk. >> i've enjoyed the fact that crowds have come down. you can surf with a couple of your mates. that would be unheard once upon a time. >> many want firm action, even a cull through shooting sharks or trap netting which kills them. a majority are in favor. >> that cull word means taking out sharks. if we can isolate the seven sharks that have been around for a while, you take one or two of them. they do it in other parts of the world as well. >> culls are controversial. when one began in the west of australia last year, hundreds protested. although great white numbers have grown in recent years, they're still much lower than they once were. >> i don't like the idea of a cull, of an animal that's already been lowered to what i would consider threatened levels of population. >> craig ison says he wouldn't
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want the particular shark that attacked him killed. he feels it gave him half a chance. he does want action. people he thinks deserve more protection than sharks. andrew thomas, al jazeera, australia. >> couples celebrate in rowen county, kentucky. the clerk's office for the first time in months is issuing marriage licenses with the clerk herself behind bars. saudi arabia's king makes a first trip to the u.s. since ascending to the throne. the iran nuclear deal and a billion dollar arms package on the deal for his meeting with president obama. and a new picture of the u.s. economy. employment fell in august, but schatz sparking concerns by


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